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I need help to compare and contrast the stories "The Rocking-Horse Winner" and "The Lottery."

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Both stories are similar in the fact that they both have tragic and shocking endings. When readers begin both stories, there is nothing to convey that major characters are going to die. In fact, both stories begin with a fairly positive and happy vibe. "The Lottery" has townspeople gathering together. Men and women are talking to each other, and kids are running around in a playful manner.

The children assembled first, of course. School was recently over for the summer, and the feeling of liberty sat uneasily on most of them; they tended to gather together quietly for a while before they broke into boisterous play. and their talk was still of the classroom and the teacher, of books and reprimands.

"The Rocking-Horse Winner" begins by discussing a beautiful woman that married for love. We even get a very quaint description of the house and kids in the beginning of the story.

There were a boy and two little girls. They lived in a pleasant house, with a garden, and they had discreet...

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